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You want a patio cover.  Actually, you need a patio cover.  Not a wooden patio cover, of course…why deal with the fading, peeling, cracking paint, sagging support beams, termites and inevitable rot issues?  Metal it is.  A guaranteed paint job and low maintenance are the cornerstone of your backyard decoration planning.  Smart.

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Now the tough choice…what kind?  How hard can it be, right?  Solid or open lattice, take it or leave it.  Maybe half and half…I like it, maybe.  Which half goes where?  Which half of the barbecue gets rained on next Saturday? Who out of the group gets shade and who gets sun in their eyes?  Hmmm…If only there was a patio cover that could give me shade when I wanted it and sun when I wanted it…is that too much to ask?  Nope.

Enter the Equinox from Amerimax Building Products.  They like to say it’s the best of both worlds, and it is hard to disagree with that statement.  The Equinox is a motorized, remote-controlled patio cover that opens and closes.  Voila!  With its extremely durable, heavy-duty steel and aluminum construction, this patio cover is designed for a lifetime of use.  It installs in about the same amount of time as a traditional solid or lattice, and performs the duties of each.  Grab the remote and open the overhead louvered slats, or blades, and give your outdoor space full sun for that early morning breakfast and newspaper.  Close the blades as the sun rises towards noon and enjoy full shade during the heat of the day.  And its not an open or closed proposition, either.  Perhaps the nicest option is to angle the blades as needed as the sun angle changes.
The electrical motor used to rotate the blades can be hard-wired into your home system, or a solar power option is available.  One enterprising customer wired his sprinkler system rain sensor into his Equinox so it would automatically close the blades when it starts to rain.  That’s not a factory option, but I admire his ingenuity!

This patio cover option is a bit pricier than a standard solid or lattice patio cover, but the value of having both of your options included tends to outweigh the added cost.  A way to keep that cost down?  Combine a section of Equinox with one or more sections of the less expensive traditional design for a whole new look!  This has proven to be a huge seller in Southern California.  Pick the area you would like to have open and close, then finish out your patio with the rest!

It is very nice to have another option when deciding on your outdoor entertaining shade requirements.  Check out the Equinox at www.roomsncovers.com or www.amerimaxbp.com.  You may agree that, as far as patio covers go, it is “the best of both worlds.”

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